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Eric Rohmer’s 10 Favorite Films

Written by on February 4, 2015 


Griffith, Hawks, Hitchcock, and Bresson hardly need any further exalting — a few tough guys of the seventh art would actually suggest they’re due for a downgrade — but to have Eric Rohmer deem your work an example of “films that, if the cinema were to disappear, would give the best idea of its greatest successes” is… well, it’s quite good, really.

Those four directed features that wound up on the French great’s top-ten-of-all-time list, which was submitted to Sight & Sound in October of 1961. The remaining six features are predominantly well-known (one title being an exception), and we’ve decided to provide links to their trailers or, when available, a streaming copy. Those that aren’t part of the latter group can (and should) still be found with relative ease, be it via Hulu Plus or a Criterion disc. If you’d like to know more about how they evidently or possibly influenced Rohmer’s significant oeuvre, click the above link to find some choice comments; for a couple of other great auteurs’ own choices, have a look here and here.

1. True Heart Susie (D.W. Griffith)

2. The General (Buster Keaton and Clyde Bruckman)

3. Sunrise (F.W. Murnau)

4. The Rules of the Game (Jean Renoir)

5. Ivan the Terrible (Sergei Eisenstein)

6. Journey to Italy (Roberto Rossellini)

7. Red River (Howard Hawks)

8. Vertigo (Alfred Hitchcock)

9. Pickpocket (Robert Bresson)

10. La pyramide humaine (Jean Rouch)

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